With the Hillside runoff election only 10 days away, labor hasn’t let up in its effort to elect our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese as the town’s next mayor. Even over the holiday weekend with most families discussing politics at the table, labor is talking as well as walking to bring a positive change to the community.
There is much to be thankful for this year, but one thing we can all appreciate is the value of labor’s collective voice. We are fortunate to live in a time and place where all workers have the right to join together in unions to advocate for respect, dignity and justice on the job and in their communities. Furthermore, through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program, no other state has done more to elevate the voice of workers across all levels of government.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote shortly after Thanksgiving on Trump’s tax scam, and we urge every union brother and sister to express their strong opposition by clicking HERE. We are fortunate that both of our U.S. Senators are fighting against Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy, but your voice will further empower them to make a stronger case in opposition to the bill.
During a statehouse press conference, New Jersey State AFL-CIO officers, President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan, joined with Governor-Elect Murphy, Congressman Donald Norcross (IBEW 351), Senate President Steve Sweeney (Ironworkers 399), and Speaker-Elect Craig Coughlin to make it clear that New Jersey will lead the nation forward in the fight to raise workers’ wages.
2017 was a banner year for working people in New Jersey thanks to your efforts. And now we have the chance to show our solidarity once again by supporting our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese (IUOE 68) in the runoff election for Hillside Mayor that will take place 17 days from now on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
With the announcement of his transition team, Governor-Elect Murphy has selected several state labor leaders to serve on committees that will address various issues, including education, labor and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and building a stronger economy for all. A full list of committee appointments can be found HERE.
Please find below an updated vote tally on yesterday’s vote on the GOP tax bill for the New Jersey House Delegation. The news source used for our previous notification excluded Representative Frelinghuysen as a vote in opposition to the bill.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates our IBEW 94 brothers and sisters on securing a first contract at the NAES Co-Generation plant in Linden, New Jersey. This was a hard fought campaign, and we recognize the solidarity of both workers and Local 94 for making this victory possible. The Co-Gen plant has been in operation for 26 years without a union in place, making this success for the 39 member workforce all the more powerful.